CoD: Infinite Warfare – PC Fixes Guide | Black Screen, Low FPS, Crashes

On PC: Resolve crashes, escape Black Screen, or avoid FPS stuttering with this list of community-sourced solutions for common issues.


Even in the far-flung future of Infinite Warfare, issues on the PC will always persist. Whether you’re experiencing crashes, low FPS, or other common early-adopter problems with Infinite Warfare, we’re here to help find a solution.

Check the list of issues below, or press Ctrl+F to search for your particular problem and get a solution fast. All the optimization tips are sourced from the community — if you’ve got your own fix for a pressing issue, please let  us know in the comments and we’ll add your tip with credit.

PC Optimization Guide | Fixes, Tweaks & More

The PC version of Infinite Warfare features two settings that should make hardcore PC veterans happy:

  • 91 FPS Cap — Standard on all Infinitity Ward developed Call of Duty entries.
  • FOV Slider — Goes from 80-120

Find the full minimum requirements for Infinite Warfare right here.

  • OS: Windows 7 64-Bit or later
  • Processor: Intel Core i3-3225 @ 3.30GHz or equivalent
  • RAM: 8GB RAM
  • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660 2GB / AMD Radeon HD 7850 2GB
  • DirectX: Version 11
  • Network: Broadband Internet connection
  • Storage: 70 GB available space
  • Sound Card: DirectX 11 Compatible
  • Additional Notes: Disk space requirement may change over time.

Update Your Graphics Drivers

The first obvious step is to make sure your graphics drivers are up-to-date.

Black Screen in Multiplayer, Zombies & Create-A-Class

Black screen is caused by a resolution mismatch between your display screen and the in-game settings.

  • If you’re stuck on a black screen, hold CTRL-ALT-DELETE and close Infinite Warfare through the Task Manager.
    • If you can’t, power down and restart.
  • If you’re using a second screen through HDMI, unplug and change settings from your primary monitor before re-plugging in the HDMI cable.

Low-FPS, Strange Graphics Flickering

Extremely low-FPS can be caused by background programs, recording devices, or by improper NVIDIA settings. Try this basic solutions;

  • Download the latest NVIDIA / AMD drivers.
  • Turn off on background programs — recording programs or overlays especially.
  • Open Task Manager and set Infinite Warfare to ‘High Priority’
    • Disable unwanted backgroud processes from Task Managar -> Raptr, MSI Afterburner, NVIDIA Shield, etc.
  • Lower Shadow Quality, MSAA, and adjust graphics settings.
  • Disable Overclocking
  • Disable Crossfire / SLI -> Run on a single GPU

If not updated, NVIDIA may not run as your primary graphics card. To fix this issue, follow these steps;

  1. Open the Nvidia / AMD Contol Panel
  2. Lower  ‘3D Settings’ -> Select  ‘Manage 3D Settings’
  3. Select the ‘Global Settings’ Tab
  4. Select your primary graphics card under ‘Preferred Graphics Processor’
    • Example: High performance NVIDIA processor
  5. Left-click Apply

Under the ‘Preferred Graphics Processor’ — usually you’ll see that it is set to ‘Automatic’ — change this setting, and make sure you do not select integrated graphics. Often, games will automatically detect only the integrated graphics card and run at extremely low FPS.

If your NVIDIA card is more than powerful enough to handle Infinite Warfare, try these solutions to get more power out of your rig.

  • Open the Control Panel -> Go To ‘Power Options’ under Hardware and Sound -> Select High Performance
  • Open the NVIDIA Control Panel -> Go to ‘Manage 3D Settings’ ->Set Power Management Mode to ‘Prefer Maximum Performance -> Hit Apply

General Crashes, DirectX Error, Game Won’t Start, Error During Startup

When trying to start Infinite Warfare, the game will crash as it loads or during the intro. There are three ways to repair this issues.

  • Disable recording devices — NVIDIA Shield, MSI Afterburner, FRAPS, etc.
  • Disable Anti-Virus or create a Firewall exception for Infinite Warfare.
  • Try playing in Windowed Mode rather than Full Screen.
    • Change your resolution options — double check to make sure you are using the proper aspect ratio.
  • Verify the Game Cache in Windows 10 / Steam
  • Update to the latest graphics drivers.
  • Install the latest DirectX update.

Verifing the Game Cache is the most common solution. To do this on Steam, right-click your game -> go to Properties -> Local Files tab -> Select Verify Integrity of Game Cache.

If the problem is caused by DirectX, you can take one of these steps:

  • Perform a clean install of DirectX -> Uninstall and reinstall only the latest version.
  • Or, download the files required for DirectX here and drop them into your installation directory.

Got more solutions for PC issues? Drop us a comment and we’ll add your tip with credit.

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